UK students are experiencing a new skincare epidemic, with money worries and student loan stress causing 14.5yrs of acne and blemish breakouts, a new study by Garnier PureActive has found.  Those in the age bracket where student loan debt applies (18-34yrs old) are more than twice as likely to experience problem skin as a result of financial anxiety compared to the older population free of the debt.

To address this, skincare brand Garnier PureActive is launching their biggest ever monetary giveaway from Thursday 9th May – 5th June; to pay off £50k of student loan debt for one fortunate person, helping to benefit both their pocket and skin health.

With 92% of those currently studying at University suffering from acne / spot breakouts, money worries has been named as the most common reason for bad skin followed by health concerns, work and the health of loved ones.  Those in the younger age bracket of 18-34yr old (where student loans are prevalent) stress about money an average of 5.6 times a week compared to just 3.6 times a week for 35yrs+, with 53% (vs 31%) experiencing more spots and blemishes when stressed.

With money worries revealed as the biggest cause of stress, the competition launched by Garnier PureActive will help reduce financial pressure and lessen spot breakouts for one lucky person.  The winner will be randomly selected to have their existing student loan paid off up to the value of £50,000.

Consultant Dermatologist for Garnier, Dr Justine Kluk says:

From money worries to work woes, stress has a proven negative impact on our skin.  It alters the immune functions of the skin which may lead to increased oil production, pore clogging and bacteria – causing breakouts.  It also impacts our emotions, sleep, the dietary choices we make and likelihood to touch our skin. All of these further trigger spots and flare ups.”

To enter, customers need to spend £5 on Garnier PureActive products in Boots stores between 9th May and 5th June 2018 and register their purchase online. More information can be found by visiting: